In my publications on famous European band leaders from the Thirties/Forties of last century, Ray Ventura should certainly be mentioned. Going deeply into the French jazz scene, I discovered how many important French and Belgian jazzmen joined his orchestra. He was a great organiser and always managed to engage the best musicians of his time.In a previous blog I gave an account of Ventura's career before WW2 - below follows the second part of my article focusing on the War-years and the post-War period.
Ray Ventura and his orchestra arrive in Buenos Aires ( juli 1942) ( source: Les grands orchestres de Music Hall en France)
Ray Ventura and band members with guitarist Henri Salvador ( Buenos Aires) ( 1943) ( source: Les grands orchestres de Music Hall en France)
Apart from this other activities took place. Bass player Louis Vola, who formed part of the famous Hot Club quintet with Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, founded a similar group and even recorded for Victor Argentina.
Below a recording by Ray Ventura and his orchestra, Ménilmontant, recorded in Argentinië (1942) with Coco Aslan ( Odeon 45812)
The new Ray Ventura orchestra ( December 1945) ( source: Les grands orchestres de Music Hall en France)
Les Collégiens, post-war period, undated ( source: Les grands orchestres de Music Hall en France)
Previous: Ray Ventura (1908-1979) - piano player and band leader - part 1
Nederlands: part 1 - here part 2 - here
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